With the calendar turning to June, we’re moving ever closer to the 2016 MLB Draft. One week from tonight, this year’s version starts (on June 9) and the Colorado Rockies have the fourth and 38th overall picks.
Working with our fellow FanSided editors, here’s the latest predictions on who will be wearing a Rockies cap on June 9.
With the fourth overall pick, we’ve been saying that California high schooler Mickey Moniak would fall to the Rockies … and Colorado would absolutely be thrilled with that. However, recent chatter from the Atlanta Braves make it seem that Moniak won’t be available when the Rockies are on the clock.
In our most current look at the draft, here’s our look at the first five picks…
1. Philadelphia — A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
2. Cincinnati — Nick Senzel, IF, Tennessee
3. Atlanta — Mickey Moniak, OF, California HS
4. Colorado — Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
5. Milwaukee — Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
Yes, it seems the Braves have become very interested in Moniak as the days have gone along. Some sites are even reporting that the Braves have scouted him more than any other player leading up to the draft. Does that tip their hand heading into the draft? Possibly.
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Lewis has all of the power tools necessary to thrive at Coors Field and keeps improving his numbers. He’s also shown that he can handle the wood bat just as much as the metallic version, as detailed in this article.
Lewis was also recently named as one of the 25 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.
He’s proving that he has the talent and skills to succeed … but will the Rockies take him in the draft if New Jersey high school left-hander Jason Groome is still available? One site says he has the best high school breaking ball in recent memory. Mix that in with a fastball and a lot of upside and it’s an intriguing pick.
The Rockies have used three of their last five first-round picks on pitchers, including third overall pick Jon Gray in 2013. Groome is an interesting option … but we say they go with a more experienced player in Lewis.
What about #38? We’re going to stick with our second draft prediction of Kyle Muller, a left-hander out of Dallas Jesuit Prep. Check out our take on him here. We think that the Colorado Rockies get the left-handed pitcher they want with this pick.